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The Authority, Vol. 2: Under New Management (The Authority #2)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  3,735 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Are we ready for yet another take on superhero morality?Let's hope so, because The Authority: Relentless retools old ideas for a new century. Warren Ellis has his heroes think globally as they kick butt locally, stopping or slowing down to consider how they can use their powers to "make the world a better place."How he can pull this off in our oh-so-ironic age is an artist ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Wildstorm
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Sep 26, 2015 Patrick rated it it was amazing
Spoiler warning:
In my opinion, the relationship between Midnighter and Apollo is enough to justify the existence of this entire series.

So yeah, if you've ever wondered what Superman and Batman would be like if they were in a long-term relationship, this is probably the best example you're going to find without hitting the fanfiction sites.

It's not campy or tongue-in-cheek, either. It's not the focus of the series either. In fact, one of my favorite parts of the story is that it'
Nov 26, 2009 Travis rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
This volume actually deserves two ratings. Warren's story is four star and a grand send off to his run on this 'Justice League' big screen movie of a comic that he created.

Mark Millar's stuff would be lucky to get half a star with his too many weak attempts at clever dialogue, his lame rip off of marvel characters (which he's made a career out of, come to think about it) his idea that that a mature title must involve lots of cussing, sex and all the characters should be jerks.
In fact, I think Mi
Joe S
Feb 02, 2008 Joe S rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Per my review of the Volume 1 trade paperback, this volume had to make up for a couple glaring sins. As in, I wanted real characters with moderately nuanced plotlines. Volume 2 delivers. Not in spades, and not even graciously, but delivers nonetheless. Mostly because Warren Ellis didn't write the second storyline collected here. That didactic bastard was replaced with another didactic bastard who delights in writing commentary on Marvel Comics characters. Which feels like the autoerotic navel-ga ...more
Quentin Wallace
Nov 01, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this volume a little more than the first.

This one has two storylines. In the first, we find out that that supremely powerful alien that created the Earth years ago has returned, and wants the Earth back. But first, it wants to get rid of all the pesky humans crowding up the planet. So the Authority has to face it's biggest test yet: a giant alien with the power of a god.

Next was my personal favorite. The Authority has to battle an evil version of the Avengers. Obviously they aren't re
Sep 10, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
Received from fellow Goodreads member, Martin - Thanks Martin.

Even though I hadn't read volume 1, I liked this. The setting is a believable world where the heroes have decided to make the Earth a better place by directly involving themselves in world events. While all the while having classic world menacing super-hero events.

I now have a problem... I liked this and I'll want to read the other stories... but dammit! my comic-book stories budget is already stretched over its limit!
Sep 28, 2011 Martin rated it really liked it
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Aug 09, 2007 Michael rated it really liked it
I read comics instead of watching television, alot of comics. Anyways, if you dont, you should look into trade paperback collections of comics - call 'em graphic novels if it makes you feel better. There is alot of great stuff out there if you know where to start.

I like superhero stories, I think its great mythology. But if you grow tired of politically naive mainstream comics throwing out stories where Superman puts the Stars and Stripes back on its pole after saving the world from [fill in the
Other Useful Reviews: Shannon Appelcline's review

Book Info: This collection contains The Authority issues #9-16.

{3.5/5 stars} (Rounded Up)

I only wish Ellis could have had another volume all to himself, before his departure from the series. How anyone could say Millar's attempt at all rivals – far less surpasses – Ellis' direction seems ridiculous; the last four issues (under Millar) had more action, but substantially less actual substance than the first four. Now I remember why I didn't finish
Jul 31, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-and-read
Ellis' final storyline is suitably thought-provoking, funny and dare I say epic. The invasion from outer space starts weird and mysterious, kicks into high gear early and doesn't let up.

Millar (or apparently Grant Morrison, if the rumors are true) then turns the arrogance, take-no-prisoners & funny up to maximum in the takeover of the book. Hit the ground running, emerge with a flashbang, call it whatever you like, this is *The Authority* as I remember it from the first time I devoured these
Feather Mista
Jan 02, 2011 Feather Mista rated it liked it
Impresionante, como evidencia mi reseña del primer Absolute español, pero lo amarreteo para abajo porque cada saguita no está tan buena en sí como el gran resultado final. De todos modos, cuando lo relea seguro le haga una reseña específica a cada una y ahí probablemente termine redondeando pa'rriba de nuevo.
Aug 12, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it
5 stars for Warren Ellis' story arc, Mark Millar's gets downgraded to 2. Millar really is pretty awful, isn't he? Great ideas, but unable to focus on any of them long enough to develop them properly. Not remotely interested in building his characters, either. Shame.
Shannon Appelcline
Jenny's last Hurrah by Ellis is good [7/10], but then Millar shows he just doesn't get it, equating the Authority with brutality and misunderstanding what the Spirit of the Century is [3/10]. I hate that this volume is marred by Millar's tripe.
Oct 09, 2009 Tamahome rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Entertaining. Interesting concepts. Somewhat extreme violence and sex references here & there.

The illustrators Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates) and Frank Quitely are awesome.
Jon Arnold
Apr 21, 2014 Jon Arnold rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
The title’s probably the smartest thing about this, working as it does on the level of story and creative context, with a change in leadership and also in the creative team handling the book at the halfway point of this volume. Ellis’ last stand on the title is pretty much as bold a concept as you can get – The Authority go up against God, who’s actually rather annoyed at humanity simply for existing. Plenty of carnage, but it’s all too straightforward for my tastes - once God’s power is establi ...more
A clever and amusing graphic novel collecting a series about a team of superheroes. There are some pretty obvious parallels to classic characters such as Superman and Batman, of course, with a few slightly-too-clever "twists" thrown in. It's reasonably well-written, the art is good, the concepts are played with amusingly...but I couldn't help but note that there wasn't too much that was terribly original in it.

Still, a good-enough, workmanlike job.

Update: There's one odd thing about this book. I
Jun 15, 2012 Jacobi rated it really liked it
Shelves: trades-read
This volume of Authority sees Warren Ellis and Brian Hitch hand over creative duties to Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. The end of the Ellis/Hitch run is more of the same, which is good big superhero fun. The character development is still very crisp, but also subtle. Yeah, this is a team of badasses of the highest order, but that doesn't stop Ellis from throwing some sweet interpersonal moments in the story for good measure.

You really notice how subtle Ellis was when Millar takes over the book.
May 04, 2009 Ma'Belle rated it really liked it
I'd been waiting so long for Volume 2 to arrive at the public library for me that I've had to read several volumes out of sequential order. They all had information holes that I knew would be filled by the events in this volume, but I was worried about what Mark Millar would do the second he picked up the series. The other Millar-written Authority issues have not impressed me, to say the least, but his story arc "The Nativity" was actually pretty good and in keeping with Ellis' main points in Th ...more
Joe Young
Dec 06, 2010 Joe Young rated it really liked it
Jennie Sparks, the literal spirit of the 20th century, dies saving the world from a galactic entity so powerful and vast it may as well be called "God." Who will lead The Authority now? Hold on just a moment, faithful reader. As The Doctor points out, "when the spirit of the 20th century dies (on December, 31st 1999) what do you think happens the next day? (January 1, 2000)" Now the race is on to locate the newly reborn Jennie Sparks, now Jennie Quantum, the spirit of the 21st century! But The A ...more
Feb 17, 2015 Todd rated it really liked it
I love the close out of Warren Ellis' run. His dedication says it all. He says that he spent the rest of the day after he came up with how to kill God giggling to himself. As he should. It's a clever end to his run.

Mark Millar does not disappoint here. He's at his irreverent best. When The Authority shows up to a fight still stinking of booze, they still beat the other guys. Jack Hawksmoor at one point talks about beating people to death with a severed head. Midnighter kills a team of X-men stan
Jun 04, 2011 Doreen rated it it was amazing
I am appalled that I've forgotten how awesome this book is. From the issues that wrap up Warren Ellis' story arc (and the career of Jenny Sparks) to the focus on tyranny in Indonesia (heh) and Jenny Quantum's birth in Singapore (she could be Malay!) to the blatant nose-thumbing at Marvel superheroes, this book is smart, sharp and hilarious. Mark Millar picks up where Mr Ellis leaves off without a hitch (ugh, terrible unintentional pun,) though Frank Quitely's art takes a bit of getting used to, ...more
Jan 01, 2013 arjuna rated it really liked it
Difficult. I agree with both this reviewer as to the bad points and this one as to the good ones... the differences in style between the two major stories are sometimes jarring - most notably in regard to the artwork, and I'd have to say I'm no great fan of Quitely in this instance - but on the whole it all still works rather well. Yes, there is a flavour of self-consciously pomo navel-gazery and snark that coincides with the handover, but that's not *necessarily* a bad thing, and at least it is ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Kat rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Good follow up. I read blew through the first storyline in this volume (yes, there are 2, and they are connected. The first one leads into the second one, and where the 3rd volume will start up.) The second part didn't grab my attention as much, but still good (my own personal preferences here.) I just felt that it kind of slowed down a bit after the first story ends. Anyway, great book. Can't wait to read the 3rd one. I already screwed this series up for myself because I read the 4th book first ...more
Stewart Tame
Mar 05, 2015 Stewart Tame rated it really liked it
The title of this volume carries a double meaning as the creative team changes midway through the book. Warren Ellis finishes his run in style, and then Mark Millar and Frank Quitely take over. There's a shift in tone that's somewhat jarring. We go from cosmic adventure to ultraviolent superhero parody, as the Authority battle a team of superpowered individuals who are not really the Avengers. I love Mark Millar as a writer, but this probably isn't his best work, though it could be considered as ...more
The Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch issues in this trade are still 5/5. Unfortunately they are followed by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. Quitely's art has never really been to my taste; everyone is a little too ugly and blobby, especially after the sleek lines of Hitch. However, the art isn't the problem here. The story is. Mark Millar doesn't understand the concept of subtlety and suddenly the book is dark and disgusting, full of obnoxious people and determined to beat the reader over the head wi ...more
Jan 06, 2009 David rated it really liked it
Is it wrong to say that this second collection was much better than the first? Would it also be wrong for me to say that Millar's short run was by far more interesting to read then the masturbatory techno-babble Warren Ellis was throwing around in the first collection? Also, that I struggled to see a difference in dialogue.
However, despite all that, this really is a fantastic story. It's a fantastic concept. I just wish Warren Ellis could write more books without being hamfisted with page upon p
Apr 03, 2013 Colton rated it really liked it
Revisiting the Authority is always like going home. I've stuck with these characters since their Stormwatch days and can never seem to get enough. Ellis and Hitch deliver on all levels with the conclusion to his storyline, giving the depth of character that is always expected in their work. Though there are certainly hiccups in their first few issues, Millar and Quitely shows why he they were next chosen to lead the team. If you're looking for a superhero title with a focus on morality, espionag ...more
José Vicente
Jul 31, 2013 José Vicente rated it liked it
Tenía ganas de leer algún cómic escrito por Warren Ellis, y aprovechando que Pablo ya tiene edad para frecuentar la biblioteca, he aprovechado para ponerme al día.

En la línea revisionista de mostrar a los héroes como tarados violentos obsesionados por su sentido de la justicia y, al final, por el poder. Varios guiños anti-Marvel y mucha violencia gratuita.

Interesante, pero irregular. A nivel gráfico prefiero los dibujos de Bryan Hitch del primer volumen.
Von Sowards
Mar 29, 2013 Von Sowards rated it did not like it
Shelves: superhero, comic-book
Let me list for you the thing I disliked about this comic book:
1. Heroes who LOVE murdering
2. Superman and Batman = gay lovers
3. Killing God
4. God was a glob in space
5. Anti-God/anti-religion
6. Blood
7. Assuming that just because the team of heroes are liberal moral high-horse it means the army of bad guys opposing them MUST be a bunch of homophobic racists, and they must be killed.
8. The story did not fit together.
9. It was just a very lane story

Please, write something better.
Sep 05, 2007 Christopher rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The first half of this book are Warren Ellis' final issues of The Authority. They would warrant four stars.

The second half of this book another author comes in and bleh. He has a few flashes of interesting ideas but most of it is crap. The art is uglier too if I remember correctly. Not necessarily bad, just a different style that ends up making Apollo look more like a football player and less like a Sun God. This half would give a single star.
Feb 15, 2016 Etienne rated it liked it
Ellis's last arc on "The Authority" could serve as a master class in character writing. Both the foreshadowing and the aftermath of Jenny Sparks's departure are exquisite and heart-rending.

Millar's first arc on "The Authority" is a hyperviolent slugest with a barely political pretext. It's a wonderfully well-executed hyperviolent slugfest --with some very funny jabs at the popular culture of the time -- but I still wish Ellis would have remained at the helm.
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more
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